3:34pm

Tue April 15, 2014
NPR Story

In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:51 pm

A customer pays a vendor for her purchases at Feira da Ladra flea market in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 2013. The government has introduced a "Lucky Receipts" lottery to encourage people to ask for receipts — which will automatically be entered into a national lottery for fancy new cars. It's an effort to curb tax evasion and raise revenue.
Mario Proenca Bloomberg via Getty Images

On Lisbon's cobblestone lanes, the Portuguese economy is hobbling along as it always has — in cash.

In a tiny, 100-year-old bar, Nuno Goncalves pours out glasses of ginja — a Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur — for his customers, mostly old men in flat caps. A small shot-glass full costs 50 cents — cash only. There is a cash register, but it doesn't print receipts.

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3:29pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Economy

Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:03 pm

Round-tripping occurs when American citizens open bank accounts in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, funnel money into the accounts and then use it to buy stocks and bonds back in the U.S.
David McFadden AP

Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.

Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.

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3:29pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:40 pm

Xanax and Valium, prescribed to treat anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia, can be deadly when mixed with other sedatives.
Dean812 Flickr

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.

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2:15pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Music Interviews

Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:29 pm

Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it.

2:15pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:29 pm

Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8."

2:15pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Around the Nation

The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:29 pm

Safety advocates have been pressuring Canadian and U.S. officials to create new safety standards for tank cars and to make old DOT-111s like this one more puncture-resistant.
Nati Harnik AP

Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.

Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.

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2:15pm

Tue April 15, 2014
News

Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:29 pm

One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.

2:15pm

Tue April 15, 2014
News

Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:29 pm

Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region.

1:36pm

Tue April 15, 2014
The Salt

Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:50 pm

Ukrainians have been crafting elaborately decorated eggs for thousands of years.
Konstantin Chernichkin Reuters/Landov

As Nancy Shute reported in 2012, Ukrainians have for centuries practiced an ancient form of art, drawing intricate patterns on eggs using a traditional method that involves a stylus and wax.

It's called pysanky, and it's alive and well in Ukraine and Ukrainian immigrant communities around the world.

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1:35pm

Tue April 15, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:00 pm

President Obama meets with faith leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday — also known as Tax Day 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS.

The White House released the president's tax return last week. It shows he and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098. That's an effective tax rate of 20.4 percent.

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